We're in a time where queer visibility is finally getting some well-deserved attention. So when, in an interview with Comicosity, Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka confirmed that the character is indeed queer, it claimed another massive win for intersectionality.
The writer stated that Wonder Woman aka Diana of Themyscira being queer is only “logical” and it is based on the fact that her island home in Themyscira has always been occupied only by women and that to some this is seen as a “queer practice.”
“Wonder Woman’s sexual identity was as such representative of her character in a way that it was not for other superheroes," said Rucka. Adding, “Batman doesn’t spend his days thinking about how best can he understand his fellow man.”
But as much as Rucka believes that Wonder Woman‘s sexual expression had to be relevant to the story, he added that DC Comics was very much concerned with issues of representation and diversity.
“It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able… to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship and the only options are women,” he said.
“Nobody at DC has ever said, 'She’s gotta be straight.' Nobody. Ever. They’ve never blinked at this.”
He went on to say it is obvious that the character has been in love and been in relationships with other women. Rucka has been the writer of Wonder Woman for DC comics throughout the 2000s.
This news isn't all that surprising to fans since there have been questions and theories regarding the character’s sexuality for a very long time, but fans - new and old - were very happy to have it confirmed (even though there was a divide between those who accepted Rucka's comments as canon and those who were waiting until it was confirmed in the comics), and others called out Marvel for not making the same strides.
I think it's awesome for Wonder Woman to be queer, but It'll be brave when I see it implicitly in a canon book. Anything else is coy & safe.— Stephen Sajdak (@stephensajdak) September 30, 2016
According to Polygon.com, Wonder Woman is not the first canonically queer Amazonian in the DC universe. Queen Hippolyta, Diana's mom, was often paired with her general, Philippus, who also played a role in raising Diana.
It is yet to be seen whether or not Rucka’s confirmation will show in the relaunch of the Wonder Woman series which will have two different stories featuring the character.
The 2017 Wonder Woman film, however, will depict the character in a heterosexual relationship with Steve Trevor (her primary love interest in the comics) who will be played by Star Trek’s Chris Pine.
Who knows? Maybe the sequel will feature Diana in a queer relationship or at the very least allude to her relationships with other women.
Because, as we should all know by now, representation matters.